Local TV anchor gives “ugly” performance in McCrory interview

Given the utterly vacuous conversations he conducted with Lt. Governor Dan Forest a few weeks back (“interview” would be too generous of a word), it’s no particular surprise that WTVD reporter Larry Stogner turned in this half-baked 129 seconds with Governor McCrory yesterday.  

Still, Stogner needs to apologize for the offensive editorializing with which he began the segment.

“Governor Pat McCrory has a lot on his mind these days. He and state Senate leaders are butting heads over several key items in the Senate’s $20 billion budget plan. And he’s keeping an eye on those ugly Monday night protests and mass arrests led by the NAACP.

Say what? Hey Larry: You’re the journalist—not the commentator. Your use of the pejorative “ugly” was offensive and utterly inappropriate. For thousands upon thousands of North Carolinians, the utterly peaceful, frequently prayerful protests of ordinary citizens are anything but “ugly.” What’s ugly are the absurd kangaroo proceedings and regressive policy decisions of the General Assembly that have given rise to the protests.  

Stogner then doubled down in displaying his bias in the interview itself. After giving McCrory several unchallenged seconds to allege—with laughable inaccuracy—that the protesters are fighting to preserve “the status quo,” Stogner asked the following:

“From a public relations standpoint, how do you think it makes the state look?”

Seriously, Larry: that’s your question about such an unprecedented and passionate moment in state history? The P.R. impact? Even McCrory didn’t seem to get where Stogner was going with this question initially, though he did manage to pivot and mumble some incoherent and inaccurate allegations about “outside influences.”

The bottom line: No one’s expecting much from a two-minute TV segment of this kind, but audiences have a right to receive more from a veteran journalist than a virtual infomercial. Ultimately, however, Stogner’s weird fixation with public relations was probably unsurprising given that his “interview” was little more than just that: a P.R. session for the Governor.   

7 Comments

  1. JeffS

    May 22, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    Old white guy with money.

    Yea, I’m sure Larry doesn’t have any personal animosity towards the NAACP.

  2. Jack

    May 22, 2013 at 1:25 pm

    WTVD presents “Softball” with moderator Larry Stogner.

  3. wncgirl

    May 22, 2013 at 2:18 pm

    I think some more of NC citizen’s need to get UGLY!!

  4. Doug

    May 22, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    So when one of your chosen politicians gets the softball from WRAL….do you call it out here? Me thinks not. This post is quite laughable when your posters pose as “journalists” yet they use offensive perjoratives repeatedly. The leftist hypocracy knows no bounds I guess.

  5. James Protzman

    May 22, 2013 at 3:38 pm

    @Doug. I think you mean hypocrisy, not hypocracy.

    The latter is a term of art referring to the form of government we have in the North Carolina General Assembly.

  6. Doug

    May 22, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    You are correct James, but yes your definition of my mis-spell does hold sound. We have had that government here for at least 100+ years that is for sure.

  7. david esmay

    May 22, 2013 at 6:38 pm

    “Me thinks not”, that pretty much sums up every comment Doug has ever made.